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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Newport Harbor for the departure of your whale-watching cruise down the coast of Orange County. 

    Board the 65-foot (20-meter) boat and meet your experienced captain and crew, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in marine biology. As the boat leaves the harbor, you'll learn about the different types of marine life that frequents the area and what to look for. 

    This year-round tour allows the opportunity to see different animals during different seasons. During the winter and spring months, watch for minke whales; one of the world's smallest, they only grow to about 23 feet (7 meters). Winter also brings the humpback whale, which can grow to an impressive 52 feet (16 meters). Both of these whales eat krill and are known to slap their tails on the surface of the water, or 'fluke'. 

    Blue whales, the largest mammals in existence today, usually grow to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length. Watch for these giants during the summer and fall months, in addition to grey whales and finback whales (the second-largest type of whale). 

    You'll also likely see dolphins, sea lions and seals on your trip. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable captain and crew regarding any of the animal life you encounter.

    After 2.5 hours out on the Pacific, return to Newport Harbor.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    2: 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • 2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
    • Entry/Admission - Balboa Fun Zone
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.
    • Vessel may change depending on availability.
    • Please note: there is a $2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We have gone on two whale watching tours with this company. We saw a whale the first trip but not the second. Of course no one can guarantee a whale sighting. We did see sea lions, sea gulls, pelicans, and dolphins on both trips. This...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank jv66210
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    I had the pleasure of seeing a dolphin stampede along with a Sei Whale. Mother Nature was generous today. Also saw sea lions... captain and crew were great and friendly. Anyone who loves being out on the water will enjoy. The boat is clean and...More

    Thank moniker_r5
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The beautiful ocean and huge pod of dolphins were nothing short of amazing! Loved every minute of it!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank David M
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    You never know what to expect and you can never be certain to see whales....and we didn't. But we did see hundreds of dolphins and had a couple of hours on the water on a beautiful day. The crew was helpful and pointed out different...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Gary G
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was my very first time on a Harbor Cruise and I loved it! My husband and I enjoyed the evening sunset tour. We didn't see any sea life but it was very relaxing and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The crew was fabulous and very...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Deniece9
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    Chelsey P
    11 July 2019|
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    Response from SharbyT | Reviewed this property |
    Call them - they’re lovely people and will honour your discounts I’m sure
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    Freedom04128866780
    18 June 2019|
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    Response from SharbyT | Reviewed this property |
    Yes there is seating and definitely handicap accessible- I hope you enjoy it ☺️
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    voquocking
    9 June 2019|
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    Response from SharbyT | Reviewed this property |
    There is a public car park in Newport and the whale watching is a 5 min walk away from it on the promenade - everything is close by and easily accessible
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